As Believers of faith, we must be deeply concerned about charitable giving and service. I understand that donating and practicing charity is part of our social duty. But, unfortunately, the act of donation is now being used to defraud people.
Of course, if we will donate, we don’t want to be victimized by someone who pretends to be indigent or a trustable solicitor who helps. We want to ensure that our hard-earned money is not squandered but instead adds value.
The background story Donate the right way…
I grew up in Pampanga, the Philippines, in a small urban city. I used to see beggars and street children soliciting and asking for help from locals and people from other places. Some are disabled, while others are homeless. On numerous occasions, I witnessed the same asking and receiving from people passing by, including myself. But this situation has sparked my curiosity.
These are the same people begging for compensation. I observe them gambling, playing cards, or making color-coded bets. I notice some children sniffing rugby (solvent) and getting high. I see physically fit men asking for donations on the street who are stronger than I am. I notice some disabled beggars soliciting donations while smoking or drinking.
These circumstances prompted me to ponder. Why must I help them when they are not helping themselves? Especially when I see older people scavenging garbage or selling general merchandise in the scorching heat of the sun. Government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) assist homeless and street children, but many escape and return to the streets to beg from people who work hard.
I’m filled with skepticism.
I can’t stop thinking negatively.
It saddens me.
How to know if you donate the right way?
I learned three indispensable aspects of donating and about doing charity work after reading scriptures, listening to lectures, and through the advice of some of my friends.
- The instant feeling of Compassion.
- An Eye-Opener Situation.
- Genuine Intention and Cause.
Helpful Read: A Complete Guide to Charity Work
How to deal with doubts when donating?
Dealing with doubts when donating was a never-ending struggle for me. So, I have set my mind and always remind myself of the three indispensable aspects.
As soon as I felt ‘the need’ of sharing and giving, I am, regardless of the situation.
As soon as I sense ‘the need’ of sharing and providing, I am, irrespective of the dilemma.
And I always pray to our Almighty God for guidance to clear my heart and mind of doubts. Therefore, it is best to express your concerns and reservations to God, and He will lead you.
My Story of Giving and Support
In my twenties, I faced numerous challenges while studying and pursuing my dream of earning a degree. Finally, I completed my studies and earned a university diploma. Many thanks to God’s grace, hard work, and the support of my parents, grandparents, and others with good hearts. I then got a job a month after I graduated. And it allowed me to meet our household’s needs as well as some little luxuries.
I’m so pleased because I can now contribute to our household expenses while meeting my own needs and wishes until something goes missing one day. What exactly is this? I’m not sure. I feel incomplete. And I begin to question my purpose.
I had to run some errands in a mall one day in 2013. A woman pursued me. She quickly showed me some paperwork’s and briefly explained her cause. I felt the call to do something in an instant. Without a doubt, I have agreed to make a monthly contribution.
From that day forward, I have been humbled and thankful because this charitable foundation has allowed me to lend my helping hand to less fortunate children in the Philippines without hesitation and doubts.
I understand that it is only a small sum of money, but I know that I will be able to share my blessings on a much larger scale in the future. I know I can’t do it alone, but we can do it together!
I’ve shared my little story in the hopes of encouraging and possibly inspiring you to choose and support a foundation that will allow you to care for, love, and help those who are less fortunate. So don’t be afraid, and don’t second-guess yourself.
Keep in mind that we have many options. Aside from cash, we can make in-kind donations or become fantastic volunteers! Because we can and will do it together!
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